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GM's learning curve on lightweighting

12:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 10
The lightweight body of the new Cadillac CT6 luxury sedan is the most complex ever made by General Motors. ...

What other dormant brands could be revived?

11:45 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3
It seems highly improbable that a dormant German brand of cars, dead since 1961, could have found big-money backers and is all set to return. ...

Hands down, gloves offer best protection

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 2
Technicians' hands take a beating working on cars. Caustic chemicals, jagged metal and hot parts can cause on-the-job injuries. Even though many techs are not required to ...

Ford, GM innovate to remove weight

11:45 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27
Despite cheap gasoline prices in the U.S., the march to remove weight from light vehicles continues. ...

Reuss: Chevy Bolt arrives in late '16

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 26
General Motors will begin selling the Chevrolet Bolt electric car in about a year, says Mark Reuss, GM's global product development chief. ...

A glimpse at the 2018 Ford Expedition

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 26
A full-size, Ford-badged SUV spotted recently near Ford's Product Development Center in Dearborn, Mich., offers the best view yet of the redesigned aluminum-bodied Expedi ...

Delphi, Quanergy team up on low-cost lidar

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 26
Delphi Automotive Systems, working with a Silicon Valley startup, says it plans to bring a new, solid-state lidar system for self-driving cars to market for less than $1, ...

Delphi's Jeff Owens aims to speed tech to market

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 26
From developing cleaner diesel emissions components to increasing the capability of infotainment systems to improving automated driving, Jeff Owens, Delphi Automotive Sys ...

Ford Expedition redesigned, slimmed down for 2018

11:30 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20
A camouflaged, full-size, Ford-badged SUV spotted recently in Dearborn, Mich., near Ford's product development center, offers the best view yet of the redesigned aluminum ...

Lighting flips the switch to high-tech

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 19
Headlights and taillights have morphed from low-tech and low-profit commodity parts into some of the most premium components on today's new vehicles. Varroc Lighting Syst ...

Cleaning up the diesel engine, upstream

11:45 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13
Oak Ridge National Laboratory has promising projects that reduce diesel emissions in the cylinder. ...

VW diesels, with operative emissions gear, are slower and thirstier, Consumer Reports finds

4:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 9
Two Volkswagen models with 2.0-liter diesel engines are slightly slower and thirstier with their emissions systems active, according to road tests by Consumer Reports. ...

GM flexes engineering prowess with 2016 Chevy Volt, Colorado diesel

11:45 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6
GM is starting to flex its engineering muscles in just about every area of its business. ...

Mitsubishi gives Lancer a new face for 2016

UPDATED: 10/5/15 10:03 am US ET - adds gallery
Mitsubishi aims to breathe some life into its slow-selling Lancer compact sedan with a freshening for 2016 that includes a revamped front fascia, new wheels and new color ...

2016 Chevy Volt rollout includes attack ads on Nissan Leaf, Toyota Prius

UPDATED: 10/1/15 10:38 am ET - adds videos
The revamped Chevrolet Volt won't be available nationally until late next spring, but a series of attack ads targeting the Nissan Leaf and Toyota Prius will debut this fa ...

GM's new diesel pickups first to get extra scrutiny from EPA, CARB

6:30 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29
GM has been told by the EPA and the California Air Resources Board that the new diesel-powered versions of the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickups will not be certi ...

VW's travails aside, diesel fans remain loyal

11:45 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29
There is a lot of chatter about VW's emissions scam being the death knell for the diesel engine in the U.S. Why it won't happen. ...

No easy fixes for VW diesels, experts say

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28
Volkswagen may face a significant challenge in getting nearly 500,000 diesel-powered cars in the U.S. into emissions compliance. ...

Were there signs that VW was cheating?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28
Were there other warning signs that could have tipped off regulators that Volkswagen diesels driven on the road were polluting too much? ...

'16 Chevrolet Silverado gets a new face -- and much more

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28
Changes to the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado, unveiled last week at the State Fair of Texas, include improved connectivity, a new, optional gearbox, updated grilles and the en ...

European vans rendering classic American models obsolete

UPDATED: 10/1/15 11:05 am ET - corrected
A trio of Euro vans is rendering the classic, bulbous American van obsolete. Only GM continues to market a traditional, body-on-frame, truck-based, full-size van, the Che ...

How VW's diesel emissions system works

12:25 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 25
The emissions system at the heart of the global Volkswagen diesel mess comprises many complex components, all of which have to work perfectly and consistently all the tim ...

GMC preps '16 Sierra Elevation edition with new infotainment system

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 23
GMC will introduce a bolder, limited edition of the 2016 Sierra pickup on Thursday at the State Fair of Texas. ...

In wake of VW scandal, it's time to scrap self-certify era

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 22
It's time for the EPA to admit the system of allowing and trusting automakers to self-certify cars and light trucks for fuel economy and emissions standards no longer wor ...

Cadillac wants to push Escalade into the $100,000-plus market

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21
Cadillac is considering a dramatic move upmarket for its hot-selling Escalade, as Rolls-Royce, Bentley and Maserati enter the premium six-figure market for superluxury SU ...
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